Niagara River

ISBN-10: 0802142222
ISBN-13: 9780802142221
Edition: 2005
Authors: Kay Ryan
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Description: Bafflingly effective, this new collection of poetry from the winner of the 2004 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize seems too brief and blithe to pack so much wallop. Intense and relaxed, buoyant and rueful, the singular music of Kay Ryan's poetry appeals to a  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Bafflingly effective, this new collection of poetry from the winner of the 2004 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize seems too brief and blithe to pack so much wallop. Intense and relaxed, buoyant and rueful, the singular music of Kay Ryan's poetry appeals to a wide audience. Her poems, products of an immaculately off-kilter mind, have appeared everywhere from the Sunday funnies to New York subways to the pages of "The New Yorker" to plaques at the zoo. "The Niagara River," her third collection for the "Grove Press Poetry Series" that began with the publication of "Elephant Rocks," promises to offer similar gems of hidden wonder.

Kay Ryan is a poet and educator. Born in San Jose, California, she received bachelors and masters degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her first collection, Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends, was privately published in 1983. Ryan found a commercial publisher for her second collection, Strangely Marked Metal, but her work went nearly unrecognized until the mid 1990s, when some of her poems were anthologized and the first reviews appeared in national journals. She received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2004, and published her sixth collection of poetry, The Niagara River. Ryan's other awards include the 2001 Maurice English Poetry Award, a fellowship in 2001 from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poems have been included in three Pushcart Prize anthologies and have been selected four times for The Best American Poetry. Ryan's collection The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. She was awarded Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for this collection. Ryan was named the 16th Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and served 2 terms from 2008 to 2010. She currently serves as one of Chancellors of The Academy of American Poets.

The Niagara River
Home to Roost
Carrying a Ladder
Sharks' Teeth
Felix Crow
Weak Forces
The Elephant in the Room
A Ball Rolls on a Point
The Best of It
Chinese Foot Chart
Shipwreck
The Other Shoe
Atlas
He Lit a Fire with Icicles
Rats' Tails
Added Significance
Chop
Desert Reservoirs
Hailstorm
Expectations
Green Hills
Rubbing Lamps
Tenderness and Rot
Tar Babies
Tired Blood
Theft
Ideal Audience
Caps
Thin
Stardust
Repulsive Theory
Blue China Doorknob
Salvage
Almost Without Surface
The Light of Interiors
Things Shouldn't Be So Hard
The Past
Reverse Drama
Fake Spots
Legerdemain
Houdini
Hide and Seek
Least Action
Pitcher
Post-Construction
Chart
Nothing Getting Past
The Material
The Self Is Not Portable
On the Difficulty of Drawing Oneself Up
Duck
Last Chance
No Names
Still Life, with Her Things
The Well or the Cup
Charms
Absences and Breaks
Lighthouse Keeping
Latents
Tune
Late Justice
Backward Miracle
Thieves
Green Behind the Ears

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